Monologues, Exhibition at the Korean Cultural Centre UK

Resident and Alumnae artists from the Residence Programme of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

Date: Current ~ 28 May 2011
Venue: Korean Cultural Centre, Ground Floor, Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 207 004 2600

The Korean Cultural Centre (UK) is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition Monologues showing a selection of artists from the Residence Programme of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea. The Residence Programme supports the artists in their creative activities and helps them to build domestic and foreign networks.

In 2007, in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Residence Programme, the studio put on a special exhibition titled , and the exhibition has continued biannually since then. In 2009, the Korean Cultural Service New York presented ‘Doors Open’, the first exhibition in New York featuring alumni artists of the Residence Programme, an event which triggered the promotion of promising Korean artists to the international art scene.

The Korean Cultural Centre is providing a platform for four resident and alumnae artists of the Residence Programme to introduce these artists to audiences. These four artists use their art to express a variety of narratives. Each unique in their own way, they have touched upon themes from their own lives as well as wider reflections that encapsulate the discussions in today.

LEE Eunsil transfers psychological states of the immanent human desire through metaphor and symbolic expression. Her own visual language explores the indescribable sentiment in the boundary between the surreal, real time and space. Her grotesque and distorted sexual figures unravel the psychological desires of human beings. Korean-American Sunny KIM uses her personal experience of childhood immigration to explore her inner characteristics. Her narrative takes a third person point of view as she borrows images from the others’ photos and movies to present the gap between the real and memories of her unrealized childhood as a Korean. Mackerel Safranski uses flamboyant colour and theatrical elements in her canvass. Her narratives emphasize the critical role of art as it encompasses the reality and society around her. A scene from a personal story or the bodily image condensate into a single canvas in LEE Jinju‘s work: the puzzle-like arrangement of familiar icons becomes strange, presenting the complex layer of the inner world whilst exploring the relationship between oneself and our surroundings.



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